This Place Helped Me A Lot To Get My Creativity Back Says Kushagra Nautiyal
Kushagra Nautiyal is best known today as an actor in the television series, but it was the music that was Kushagra Nautiyal’s first love. When a true-blue Delhiite was recently in the capital to attend his sister’s wedding, the actor stopped at Hauz Khas Village and Deer park as it hold a special place for him in building his creative obstructions. I couldn’t miss the visit to the park. “As a musician, I used to jam at Deer Park and have even created many melodies here. I used to come here with my bandmates, in this jheel wala area. Wahaan log bhi aa jate the kabhi kabhi. I’m from west Delhi but I would come all the way to be here as it was one place that was so inspirational for me,” says the 29-year-old.
Nautiyal, who is currently on the TV show Kumkum Bhagya, has some nostalgic memories of this peaceful place in South Delhi. “This place helped me a lot to get my creativity back. I have written a lot of songs while at Deer Park, and I will release them soon. In fact, back in the day when I was living in Delhi, I befriended some people at Hauz Khas Village and even rented a small studio here with one of my friends; I lived here for about eight-nine months and even performed here.”
As a musician, he has performed on numerous weddings and that made many guests at his sister’s wedding, to push him to perform. “The band I was part of, used to perform at weddings as well. Toh is baar shaadi par sab kene lage ki kuchh gaa ke sunao… par mai nahi gaa paya because I had a lot of arrangements to make. Aakhir behen ki shaadi thi…. everything had to be on time for the D-day. But I didn’t disappoint those who turned up to just talk to me,” he shares.
And if it’s #DilliwaliShaadi, that certainly means it’s time to eat! The same was true for this actor, who had to prepare well in advance to feast on this special day. “I went on a calorie deficit diet, three days before I had to leave for Delhi. Aur jab main yahan pahuncha, I was like ‘Lets party!’ Tabse jo mai khana shuru hua, ab jaake ruka hun. We had a halwai at our house and aate hi mujhe dal makhni, bread pakode mil gaye. I also enjoyed moong dal ka halwa and lots of paneer. I had so much paneer ki roti khatm ho gayi par paneer phir bhi refill hua plate me. Aur maine rajma bhi khoob khaye. Wahaan (Mumbai) mein I try to be glutton free with a less carb and more protein diet chart. Par ghar, Dilli me aake maine kuch nahi chodha, sab try kiya aur meethe mein jalebi bhi kha li (laughs),” he adds.